I am using Doom in MS Windows with Emacs 27.2. I am experiencing some very slow start-up times (I included the output of benchmark-init/show-duration-tree at the end).

Also, the first actions I perform after start-up (opening org-agenda and my general Org file) seem to take longer than other similar actions later (the next files I open, although still take a long time, it is considerably faster).

This is a company laptop so I can't use WSL, and I installed git and Emacs without admin rights in my local user space. In a conversation with the IT technician he mentioned that software installed without admin rights doesn't have access to the registry, and that sometimes causes the software to slow down or present some weird minor bugs.

I really don't understand much of Windows, so I can't judge how that could interfere with Emacs performance. I do have a similar init in my personal Debian machine, and it starts super fast. And I actually removed lots of packages from this init already.

So my question is: is is possible that reinstalling Emacs and git with admin rights could speed up things?

╼►[benchmark-init/root nil 165950ms]
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1 Answer 1


This looks like a combination of problems.

Firstly, Doom Emacs has a design flaw where it calls require on a slew of packages at startup, defeating Emacs’ own autoload feature that will transparently load those packages only once they are actually used. I don’t think this is something you can configure. You would need to remove that code from Doom in order to mitigate the problem.

But you also say that loading an org-mode file takes a long time the first time. org-mode isn’t shown in the profile data you captured, so it isn’t being required at startup by Doom. Instead Emacs is autoloading it as intended. The fact that it is still slow is a good indication that there is a problem with your computer. It really looks like the disk you have stored Emacs on is very, very slow. It is apparently at least 100× slower than the average mechanical hard drive would be. Perhaps it is a network share? Accessing files over a slow or lossy network (especially mobile broadband or even wifi), can really slow things down.

I don’t use Windows, so I don’t know how often the Windows version of Emacs accesses the registry. In principle it could be accessing the registry every time it loads a package, but I doubt it. In any case, you can use the Sysinternals Process Monitor tool to capture a trace of every file and registry key that Emacs accesses. I believe it also records how long each one took, so you should be able to use it to figure out whether it is a problem with the registry or not.

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